The VA Stathams trace back to Love Statham c1700-1782 in Louisa Co VA. There is several sources on him, one at Wm & Mary college in Williamsburg. Another is Virkus. He was rich, left many descents thoughout the south, VA, GA, MS etc and Statham GA is named for one of his line. The name is spelled many ways -Statum & Statom are common. It is pronounced stay-thumb so the change is natural to write stay-tom or tum in records etc.